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Meet Kathy Street of Wake Forest Guild of Artists

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathy Street.

Hi Kathy, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My name is Kathy Street and I am the chair of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists, the visual arts group under the umbrella of ARTS Wake Forest.

I have the honor of leading an art guild consisting of 83 artists and artisans, working with our steering committee and the community to provide selling opportunities and educational opportunities to our members.

I entered the art world after retiring from a career in Information Technology and project management.

I feel that I have found my calling in representing the wonderful artists that comprise the Wake Forest Guild of Artists while pursuing my own love of oil painting.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It is always a challenge to find sponsors for our art markets, although many of the Wake Forest downtown merchants are very supportive of the art guild. Finding affordable venues to hold art markets is a current challenge and focus.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Wake Forest Guild of Artists?
We are an art guild of 83 members located in Wake Forest.

As a visual arts group, we strive to improve our art and give to the community of Wake Forest. We hold excellent art markets within our community and we strive to be strong partners with the town of Wake Forest.

Our members’ talent ranges from award-winning fine artists to artisans that sell beautiful products in the community. I am very proud that we are awarding a scholarship to a graduating senior that will pursue an art-related field of study.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The purchase of art is considered a luxury by many.

Selling art can be very challenging in difficult financial times. Many of our artists have found that they must produce smaller pieces at lower prices. This is challenging for our artists because a smaller piece of art can often take almost as much time to produce as a larger piece.

As an art guild, we must find additional opportunities for our artists and continue to expand exposure to art within the community.

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